Proving Negligence Is Key In Truck Accident Cases
It pretty much goes without saying that accidents involving commercial trucks have a greater chance of producing catastrophic injuries, simply because of the size and weight disparity between trucks and automobiles. If you’ve been through a Baton Rouge big truck accident, you might consider bringing forward a case to cover your expenses.
The Damage Of A Baton Rouge Big Truck Accident
Damage to the vehicles is more significant.Injuries are more severe.There is also a greater chance of death.And when the freight on a truck is a hazardous material or highly flammable, the stakes are even higher.
Proving Who Is At Fault
Because of all these factors, proving who is at fault is just as critical, if not moreso, when a truck is involved. Accidents involving trucks create a unique set of specialized circumstances, and if you’re injured in an accident involving a truck, you’ll need to retain an attorney who specializes in truck accident cases. His or her mission will be to prove that a truck driver was negligent so that you can collect damages for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and property losses.
To prove negligence, your attorney must prove that the driver and/or his firm were negligent. First, it must be proven that the defendant (the truck driver) had a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid an accident that could produce an injury. Since all drivers on the road have this responsibility, the first step in determining negligence is fairly easy to prove.
Then, it must be proven that the defendant did not exercise the necessary degree of reasonable care. This can be proven in many ways, from showing that a truck driving was driving too fast, that they ran a red light, or that they recklessly changed lanes. All of these types of actions meet the test for not exercising reasonable care.
Finally, an attorney must be able to show that the defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of the plaintiff’s injury or damage. If a truck driver ran a red light and slammed into another vehicle, that proves cause and effect.
Contacting A Baton Rouge Big Truck Accident Lawyer
Once these tests are met, a plaintiff stands a good chance of earning a financial settlement or an award to compensate them for their losses. Williamson Fontenot Campbell & Whittington, LLC proudly serves Baton Rouge and nearby Louisiana communities and has a track record of helping clients to get the compensation they deserve.